CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire is now the 15th state to bar drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving.
The new ‘‘hands-free’’ law, in effect as of Wednesday, applies to all hand-held devices, including GPS units, tablets and laptops.
Violators face a $100 fine for the first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses within a 24-month period.
Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed.
Police say in the last four years, distraction was the cause of 124 crashes on New Hampshire’s roads.